On 4/20/06, Luther, Ron <Ron.Luther at hp.com> wrote: [QUOTE] Steven Streight put forth some guesses as to the underlying reasons > behind the secretive nature of the project. > > [snip] > > Now, however much fun it is to try to guess the motivations of people we > don't know working at companies we've never worked at ... it really doesn't > add to the 'signal' of offering helpful suggestions to Faye. > > [END QUOTE] Not sure what "signal" you mean. This phrase: "doesn't really add to the signal of offering helpful suggestion to Faye" is a subjective, judgmental statement that implies a tangent, an Off Topic aside that must require a tip as payment to the list. To the contrary, I assure you that I spent the time and effort to write my messages, with Faye's well being in mind. I was trying to warn her of possible hidden agendas or clandestine aspects of this frustrating and somewhat absurd situation she's unfortunately in. I was not trying to scare her, nor was I trying to be hateful toward her boss or company. I'm just being skeptical and my cynicism is based on a long career in business. I hope that there really is a positive reality underlying this weird circumstance. As others have noted, this job assignment is quite odd, perhaps unprofessional, and possibly dubious, if not worse. Corporate politics that are counter-productive is one reason why America is rapidly losing ground to overseas competitors in India, South Korea, and China...not that they are pure and free from their own corporate or government politics.